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The Byzness, 17th of November, 2013
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1. NEWS & EVENTS
1. NEWS & EVENTS
As a Byzantinist working in Turkey, I feel the obbligation to share with the larger community of Byzantinists around the world, the latest in a series of statements by high ranking Turkish politicians about the conversion of the Aya Sofya in Istanbul into a mosque.
The interview below is with Vice PM Bulent Arinc, a member of the AKP ruling party and, commonly regarded as a moderate within the party and vis-a-vis PM Erdogan. In the interview, Arinc does put forth a strongand unconditional wish to see the Aya Sofya open for “ibadet”. Arinc does also pride himself for the successful conversion of two other Aya Sofya in Turkey – Iznik and Trabzon.
This email is to encourage all Byzantine Studies National Committees to initiate an internal dialogue among their constituencies in order to verify sentiments about this proposal and, to discuss a sustainable course of action. Please, do feel free to circulate it widely.
In advance, I would like to extend my gratitude to those who will take this matter at heart.
Hans Buchwald died in Vienna on 31 October after a fall. He began his career as a junior fellow at Dumbarton Oaks, before moving to Harvard to teach history of medieval architecture in the architecture school, and then entering architectural practice in Cambridge (Mass) and after that Stuttgart. But he kept up his frequent publications on Byzantine architecture until the end of his life. Very shortly before he died he learned that he had become a grandfather.
I am pleased to announce the opening of the following website, on the
visual reconstruction of late antiquity.
This is a research project of the University of Kent, supported by the
Leverhulme Trust, undertaken by 2 academics, 5 doctoral students and 2
Our gallery is now live, with a suite of images reconstructing the visit
of Augustine to Ostia in A.D. 387 as described in Confessions book IX.
It will be updated with scenes of everyday life over the next six months.
Please pass this on to your students and anyone interested in late
2. CALL FOR PAPERS
The fourth annual Florovsky Patristic Symposium at Princeton will take place on February 14-15. This year’s theme is “The Doctrine of Creation in the Patristic Tradition.” Please find the announcement here: http://www.princeton.edu/~florov/patristic_symposium.html
and the Call for Papers here: http://www.princeton.edu/~florov/2014_CallforPapers.docx
Call for Papers Extended to November 30, 2013
2014 Graduate Student Conference on Byzantine Studies
The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture and the Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Chair of Byzantine Studies at Hellenic College invite proposals for the 2014 Graduate Student Conference on Byzantine Studies, which will be held at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA on February 27–March 1, 2014. Brookline is located just outside Boston and is easily reached from any metropolitan location.
We welcome graduate student proposals for papers in all subjects, disciplines, and methodologies related to Byzantine studies broadly conceived. We invite proposals in two different categories: 20-minute conference papers and dissertation reports. Dissertation reports of about 5–7 pages will be delivered in a seminar setting; conference participants will have a chance to read the reports ahead of time to encourage dialogue.
Fr. Justin Sinaites, the Librarian of the Sacred and Imperial Monastery of the God-Trodden Mount of Sinai, will deliver the keynote address, “The Sinai Palimpsest Project: Piercing the Mists of Time.
Proposals for either type of paper should be emailed to Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture (firstname.lastname@example.org) by November 30, 2013. Please see submission instructions below. Notifications will be given by December 16, 2013. An accepted paper represents a commitment from the contributor to present his or her paper in person at the conference.
Registration will open December 1, 2013 and close January 27, 2014. The registration fee for the conference is $25. Partial financial aid for students outside the Boston area who could not otherwise attend is available. For registration, financial aid, and lodging information visit the Mary Jaharis Center website (www.maryjahariscenter.org)
Submissions for either paper format should be emailed by November 30, 2013 to Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture (email@example.com). Submissions should include two files submitted in .doc and in .pdf formats (for a total of four files).
File 1: A cover sheet with name, address, academic affiliation, email address for correspondence, paper title, paper type (20-minute paper or dissertation report), and any special equipment needed for your presentation.
File 2: An abstract of no more than 500 words that does not include the author’s name or other identification. Please use a Unicode font for non-Roman characters.
3. JOB OPPORTUNITIES & FELLOWSHIPS